A tale of two Carolines and their impeccable political pedigrees

Brian Mulroney's daughter, Caroline, wants to run in the next Ontario election. She shares may characteristics of another Caroline, JFK's daughter

A tale of two Carolines and their impeccable political pedigreesAn intriguing new figure entered the Canadian political arena last week. Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, will seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for the Toronto-area riding of York-Simcoe. She has an impressive resume: lawyer, a vice-president at investment-counselling firm BloombergSen and active with several charities. It’s far too early to…

A tip of the (baseball) cap to Peter Stoffer

The former MP filled the walls of his Parliament Hill office with 8,000 baseball caps, 9,000 pins and 5,000 buttons he'd collected over 18 years

A tip of the (baseball) cap to Peter StofferI recently came into possession of some of the ball caps that once adorned the walls of Peter Stoffer’s Parliament Hill office. From 1997-2015, Stoffer was the NDP MP for Nova Scotia’s Sackville-Eastern Shore riding. He was the official Opposition critic for Veterans Affairs, and also held NDP critic roles for Fisheries and Oceans, National…

Heroes come in all steps and sizes

Adi Astl took matters into his own hands and built steps down an unsafe pathway in a Toronto Park which the city had been unwilling to build for 10 years

Heroes come in all steps and sizesThe folly of government spending can be broken down into eight little steps. It’s an important lesson many Canadians have finally learned or one that’s been permanently reinforced, thanks to Adi Astl’s actions. The 73-year-old retired mechanic was an unknown figure in the sea of humanity. He seemingly lived a normal life and never sought…

Canada should be preserving history, not erasing it

We must stop this ridiculous trend of renaming edifices and cleansing evidence of people's existence from history. If not, where will it end?

Canada should be preserving history, not erasing itThe U.S. has frequently faced controversy over renaming buildings and removing monuments in the South due to historical grievances related to slavery and racism. In recent weeks, Canada has seen a flurry of similar activity. First, the federal Liberal government renamed Langevin Block in Ottawa to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.…

Khadr apology and settlement shameful

As many Canadians struggle on public assistance,. imagine how they feel as confessed terrorist Omar Khadr gets $10.5 million from the Trudeau government

Khadr apology and settlement shamefulOmar Khadr didn’t deserve the apology and $10.5-million settlement he received from the federal Liberal government last week. I could almost end the column right now. Khadr’s supporters will be furious and stop reading it. His detractors will assume my thesis fits their worldview and gloss over it. But if you’ll divulge me for several…

My Canada does not include Alberta – Trudeau

Forgetting to include Alberta may have been an oversight on Trudeau's part but it's now a permanent part of our 150th birthday celebration. And that's not fake news, folks

My Canada does not include Alberta – TrudeauI never thought I would live to see the day when a Canadian prime minister forgot to mention one of our provinces at a public event. Yet that's exactly what happened to Justin Trudeau. During his Canada Day speech in Ottawa, the PM said that Canadians are “of every colour and creed, from every corner…

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlight

Broadcasting the Alex Jones interview was the right decision. All points of view, no matter how reprehensible, must be open for debate

Why even freak shows deserve a spotlightMegyn Kelly made a big splash when she left Fox News for NBC in January. Her new show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which debuted on June 4, has received fairly positive reviews for interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and sportscaster Erin Andrews. The upbeat reception changed in a hurry when it was announced…

Why Canada should bring back leadership reviews

Political leaders would have to work more closely with caucuses to ensure loyalty, and make certain the right policies were being implemented

Why Canada should bring back leadership reviewsU.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s snap election on June 8 to get a bigger majority government during Brexit didn’t pay off. May could pay the ultimate price and her fate should be a lesson to Canadian political parties. May’s Conservatives ended up with a minority government (318 out of 650 seats), and she hastily set…

The U.K. general election’s lessons for Canadian politicians

A big lead in the polls doesn’t necessarily mean a bigger majority in Parliament. You must ensure the leader is prepared and your policies have meat on the bone

Last week’s general election in the United Kingdom provided some important lessons for western democracies, including Canada. When Theresa May was elected to replace David Cameron as Conservative leader and U.K. prime minister last July, many political observers had high hopes. They promoted her as the second coming of the late Margaret Thatcher, even though…

The Ontario populist politician with Trump-like features

Renegade Ontario MPP Jack MacLaren has parted ways with the PCS, and hasn't abandoned any of his controversial positions

When something unfortunate happens in the world, have you noticed that many people attempt to tie it back to Donald Trump? This includes wars, racism, famine, natural disasters – and even all the rain some parts of the country have seen this spring! For fun, let’s see if a line can be drawn to the populism…